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Frenchman charged in injury of re-enactor


Pennsylvania authorities have charged a 52-year-old resident of France in the wounding of a Virginia re-enactor Friday during the 135th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Authorities in Adams County filed charges of simple assault and reckless endangerment against Christian Evo, of Muret, France, after an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Clinton Wakefield Epps, 22, of Charlottesville, was shot in the neck with a Civil War-era revolver or replica while playing the part of a Confederate infantryman with the 7th Virginia Regiment. As part of a skirmish line, Epps said he got ahead of his fellow troops and found himself surrounded by Union infantry and cavalry.

Evo was a fellow Confederate re-enactor in the first battle, staged on Friday, said Leonard Loski, a spokesman for the Gettysburg 135th Anniversary Committee Inc. Some 15,000 participants came from all over the world for the three-day event.

According to the original police report of an aggravated assault, Epps was struck with "a lead round ball," later removed from his neck.

Organizers of the event said there was to be no ammunition at the re-enactment site and all weapons were supposed to have been inspected by unit commanders. Neither they nor police officials in Maryland or Pennsylvania could recall any other shootings.

In Adams County, District Justice Daniel Bowman issued an arrest warrant Monday for Evo, who was arrested by the police in Washington, yesterday morning and jailed there.

Adams County District Attorney Mike George was conferring with District of Columbia officials regarding extradition of Evo to Pennsylvania.

Epps was in satisfactory condition yesterday at York Hospital. He said Monday that he is headed for graduate school and had planned to give up the re-enactments that he'd been participating in since age 13.

The three-day event was held on a farm near the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Pub Date: 7/08/98

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